Self Injury

Self-injury affects people of all genders, ages and backgrounds. 

It can be many things that people do to themselves in a deliberate and often hidden way like cutting, burning, overdosing, scratching, biting, hair pulling and breaking bones.

Sometimes people think they are the only ones doing it but research shows that the UK has one of the highest rates of self-harm in Europe, with 400 in every 100,000 people harming themselves. These numbers are based on those those that go to hospital or to their GP and as lots of people don’t seek help there are many more people that self injure than are counted in these official figures.

Why do people self-injure?

People self-injure for all sorts of reasons, but often it is because feelings like anger, sadness and fear have got too painful to deal with.

Sometimes people self injure because of pressure and stress from things like relationships, family problems, school, sexual worries or as a way of dealing with horrible situations like abuse or the death of someone close.

You may not know why you self-injure. If you think back to the first time, then you may understand what made you start.

Notice what is going on for you when you get the urge to self-injure and you may get clues as to what your self-injury is about.

What we do

As a charity we are registered to work with women and girls and we fully understand that men self injure too. We provide training and resources for all and work in partnership with organisations that provide support to all genders. There is lots of information that everyone will find helpful on our website in the TESS pages here and in our Resource Hub here. There is a list of local and national organisation and support help groups here.